Erin McKenna

When Erin McKenna decided to opened a specialty bakery in 2005, she little baking experience and had never run a business. B…

  • Radio personality and Point Hope founder Delilah says she can remember every lyric she's ever heard in her life. "While I'm listening to somebody tell their story," explains Delilah, "they'll say a sentence or a line and that will trigger what song I want to marry with that call."

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    Born Delilah Luke, the talk show host says she's had her iconic radio voice since she was a young child. In junior high, she was in a speech contest where the judges were from the local radio station. They set up a program for Delilah at the radio station, teaching her how to write news and sports and record. After high school, Delilah started working full time in radio.

    "I moved a lot. I got fired a lot. I lived in my car on occasions," she says. Delilah did everything from airborne traffic reporting to country music before developing her signature show.

    Inspired by the stories listeners would tell her as they made requests, Delilah says, "One ni

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  • Coworkers

    Coworkers

    STEP 1: Find Our How You're Perceived by Coworkers
    People are much more apt to help and follow someone they like and respect. Want to know how well liked you are-that is, how much support you can count on when you need it? Ask. Start by creating a list of all the subordinates, equals and supervisors with whom you interact regularly. Be sure you meet with each person on your list at least twice in six months. Each time, ask for feedback on your performance in general. Most importantly, take constructive criticism and apply it. Otherwise your efforts will seem transparent.

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    Coworkers

    Coworkers

    STEP 2: Don't criticize.
    Nobody likes a combative, critical coworker. Don't be one. Approach requests and proposals from colleagues with sensitivity and openness; look for a way to say "Yes, you have my support"-if not to everything, then to some part of what is being put before you. Try to remove "Yes, but…" from your vocabulary. It's shorthand for "No" and it's a r

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  • By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29

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    Yes, women make up roughly half the workforce in America, but no, overall, we're still not earning the same as men - only about 81%. But that's the national median, and it figures that in some cities, the gap would be a little smaller or even nonexistent. This list compiled by NerdWallet looks at three factors - gross salary, salary compared to men, and population growth (as an indicator of future economic growth) - to see which cities come out on top for working women today.

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    In the big-cities category, our very own D.C. made the top spot with highest-median $$ for those with XX chromosomes. We were also pleasantly surprised to find tech centers, a notoriously unbalanced field, San Francisco and San Jose at numbers two and three, respectively. And don't forget runners-up Austin and Dallas. Surprisingly, NYC didn't even earn so much as a mention in the top five.

    D.C. ladies pull in a median salary of $55,68

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  • Try these tips to improve your productivity at work.

    Staying productive at work is hard for a lot of us. Not because we're not capable employees, and not because we're not killing ourselves to get things done. Sometimes, staying productive at work is hard because the plan we've set for ourselves to manage our time just isn't working.

    "Increasing your productivity is not necessarily about working harder - it's about working smarter," said Linda Descano of Citi's Women & Co. "Start by prioritizing and having a plan, and don't forget to take a break every now and then to recharge. Keeping an eye on the big picture at all times can give you the ability to add value and shape the direction of your work - which ultimately helps shape the direction of your career."

    Check out these productivity tips that will have you maximizing your workday and conquering your task load in no time.

    Make your inbox work for you.
    One of the biggest productivity killers is failing to organize your email inbox. When your inbox is a mess, you

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  • Rachel Roy

    These days, it seems like everyone wants to work in fashion. But there's a lot more to it than scoring a spot on a reality TV show or training a digital camera on New York Fashion Week showgoers-or yourself-and uploading the results to Tumblr. Fashion is, after all, a billion dollar industry. Designing clothes or looking cute on a street-style blog are just a part of the equation. We've convened a panel of some of the biggest movers and shakers-including Fern Mallis, Kirna Zabête cofounder Sarah Easley, ELLE Fashion News Director Anne Slowey, and designer Chris Benz-to give you the lowdown on what it really takes to land this dream job.

    THE ROLE MODEL: Fern Mallis, former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and current fashion consultant and host of the Fashion Icons series at 92Y, where she chats up such luminaries as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, and Suzy Menkes
    JOB: Fashion Executive
    THE TIP: "Have knowledge of everything that goes on in the

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